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Our complaints performance

Every year we publish a Complaints Report, where we look at the number of complaints we received across the year (from October to September), why we received them, and what we can do to improve our performance. You can read our full report in the link on this page.

Our quarterly results

Our annual complaints give you the best overall indicator of our complaints performance, but you can see how many complaints we received and resolved each quarter in the table below too.

(Q1 = January to March, Q2 = April to June, Q3 = July to September, Q4 = October to December)

PeriodComplaints receivedReceived per 100K accountsComplaints resolvedResolved per 100K accountsResolved same or next working dayResolved within 8 weeks
Q1 20243152233992837%91%
Q4 20232301992131497%96%
Q3 202328419621714911%96%
Q2 202337225432722324%97%
Q1 202358439360740825%80%
Q4 20221021679125383424%80%
Q3 202211948031506101332%61%
Q2 202214218011819123121%52%
Q1 2022245314942039138331%20%
Q4 2021161512351558106228%75%
Q3 202111828171601110728%63%
Q2 20211344924116279921%47%
Q1 202115281119120588339%64%
Q4 20201276906108877318%81%
Q3 202016511138141197317%93%
Q2 2020184912371658110923%99%
Q1 2020208913281940123333%99%
Q4 20191349856133385647%97%
Q3 20191269786122275752%98%
Q2 20191271771124875755%99%
Q1 20191428867142886756%96%
Q4 201890046186344256%95%
Q3 201866439173943649%92%
Q2 201869841872643450%92%
Q1 201880946873242358%97%
Q4 201790852793354253%98.75%
Q3 201773438763833651%86.92%
Q2 201757729759730875%95.15%
Q1 201758932359532768%97.28%
Q4 201651229753431060%96.48%
Q3 201663337462136743%94.31%
Q2 201649930246628247%95%
Q1 201650931352832568%100%
Q4 201543327342827385%100%
Q3 201542028641728684%100%
Q2 201570547270547284%100%
Q1 201581358281358285%100%
Q4 201456641856641881%100%
Q3 201449339949339992%100%

Top reasons for complaints

We also categorise all of the complaints we receive so we can see exactly where we need to improve to make our customer service even better. Here are the main reasons our customers have complained, as a percentage of the total complaints we received.

ReasonQ1 2024Q4 2023Q3 2023Q2 2023Q1 2023
Billing & Meter Readings56%43%48%46%48%
Customer Service17%21%17%18%17%
Meters (Installation, Exchange, Fault)14%16%14%16%16%
Credit Management9%8%8%7%8%
ReasonQ4 2022Q3 2022Q2 2022Q1 2022Q4 2021Q3 2021Q2 2021Q1 2021
Billing & Meter Readings46%46%51%50%51%50%52%46%
Customer Service19%24%21%23%21%19%23%30%
Meters (Installation, Exchange, Fault)16%13%13%12%14%12%8%7%
Credit Management9%8%5%5%7%8%7%5%
ReasonQ4 2020Q3 2020Q2 2020Q1 2020Q4 2019Q3 2019Q2 2019Q1 2019
Customer service28%26%26%26%31%30%30%22%
Credit Management6%5%6%3%5%7%6%6%
Customer set up1%2%0.2%0.4%2%2%2%
ReasonQ4 2018Q3 2018Q2 2018Q1 2018Q4 2017Q3 2017Q2 2017Q1 2017
Customer service18%16%11%12%10%10%7%8%
Credit Management6%9%4%3%3%6%9%7%
Customer set up2%2%7%7%8%5%8%10%
  • Billing: Including challenges to bill amounts, understanding information on bills, and queries relating to tariffs

  • Customer Service: Feedback about the information we provide or the actions we take when our customers call us, write to us or send us an email

  • Credit Management: Relating to overdue bills and payment plans

  • Payments: Covering payments, refunds and Direct Debits

  • Prepayment/Pay As You Go: all queries relating to installing or running prepayment meters, including voluntary or forced installation, debt, top up cards and keys etc

  • Metering: all issues relating to meters, such as appointments, loss of supply, meter exchanges, cost of meter tests etc

  • Customer set up: Regarding new customer details, including sign up information and meter details

  • Communications/Correspondence: This includes issues around any marketing material, and any communications to customers either written or verbal

  • Transfers: Relating to home moves, for both customer leaving us and new customers moving into a property we supply.

What we’re doing to improve our service

We know that it is not possible to get everything right all the time – mistakes will happen, it’s what you do about them that matter more.  Complaints are the ultimate expression of the mistakes we make, we analyse them, act on them and learn from them.

Ecotricity have been around for a while, since 1995 and is the only energy company in the world certified as vegan by both the Vegan Society and Viva!, the vegan charity. We’ve made a major investment to move to Salesforce Energy and Utilities cloud, which will introduce best-practise customer service across many customer journeys and improve the ability for our customers to self-serve.  You can view or download a PDF copy of our 2022 report below.

Dog-eared document iconEcotricity Complaints Report 2023 (PDF, 1.3 Mb)

You can find out more about our complaints procedure. If you require a hard copy of our code of practice, please call us on 0345 555 7 100.

And check out our previous complaint reports from 2012 onwards.

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